Start your Marriage with Tithe
Dictionary.com defines tithe as the tenth part of your income that is offered to God for his works. Most churches say the ten percent is taken from your income before you pay your bills. It’s the amount taken from your take home pay.
Leviticus 27:32 says “And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the Lord”.
As Christians we know that tithing is important and it is something we must do with every pay check. We also know that God will reward us for our tithes and offerings.
Offerings are gifts that are given over and above our regular tithe amount. Offerings can be monetary gifts or they can be actual items such as clothing, food, etc. If you do a monetary gift, this amount is after you have given your tithe. It’s not before or the same. Your offerings are after you’ve taken the tenth out for tithe.
When you start your marriage, you need to make sure you agree on the amount of your tithe and offerings. It needs to be included in your budget and taken out and paid before anything else. God will take care of your needs when you do this each and every pay check. When you do this from the very beginning it will become natural to you and you won’t miss the money.
Starting a marriage outside the church can be difficult, but it can be done. Tithe can be the same. If you start off by telling your spouse this is something you have done for a long time and you plan to continue, it shouldn’t be a problem. Inviting your spouse to go to church with you may help the situation. One thing to remember is to not give up if they don’t want to go or they don’t feel you are doing any good with your tithe. It’s still important to tithe regularly.
One option that will help you with this is to have your tithe money put directly into your savings account or have a checking account set up for tithe only. Another option is to take that money out of your account and use an envelope to pay your tithe all at once with your first pay check.
Tithe is important in our lives. Continuing to tithe after you get married is even more important than it was before. Start your marriage off on the right foot by tithing from the beginning and you will be good in the eyes of the Lord.